GIS Technician/Database Manager

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
21 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
19 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.

To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit

Position Summary

A GIS Technician / Database Manager (Research Associate I Special) position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position is located at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) supporting the JBLM Fish and Wildlife program. Support will be provided for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) that are routinely used in environmental management and includes map development, implementation and maintenance; data collection; data management; application development; and Internet access and use.

JBLM is located 9.1 miles south-southwest of Tacoma, Washington, and is a training and mobilization center for all services and is the only Army power projection base west of the Rocky Mountains. The facility is under the U.S. Army Joint Base Garrison, and includes the U.S. Army’s Fort Lewis and the U.S. Air Force’s McChord Air Force Base. JBLM is 90,000 acres with one of the largest remaining intact forest areas in the Puget Sound basin.

Required Job Qualifications

The successful candidate must be legally eligible to work in the United States by proposed start date. CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position. Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license by the employment start date.

Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • BA/BS degree in Geography or Natural Resources with GIS emphasis or closely related field
  • One-year post-graduate work experience in GIS, using ArcGIS 10+
  • Ability to walk over uneven terrain in inclement weather
  • GIS database development and maintenance

Preferred Job Qualifications

Desirable qualification for this position include:

  • Experience working with GIS applications and digital cartography
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ArcGIS software and extensions, metadata development and data transfer
  • Knowledge and skills in data collection, GPS
  • Experience with LiDAR
  • Ability to have creative and innovative solutions to problems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Be familiar with Spatial Data Standards for Facilities Infrastructure and Environment (SDSFIE) compliant geodatabases and Federal Geospatial Data Committee (FGDC) compliant metadata
  • Experience working on military lands

Diversity Statement

  • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category GIS Support Duty/Responsibility

  • Use available and collected data to develop, implement and maintain maps for environmental management at the base
  • Work with ArcGIS 10+ and various other programs for the analysis of geospatial data
  • Collect and manage data from field work
  • Be responsible for set-up and maintenance for internet access and use in environmental office at location
  • Maintain existing database sets to DoD required standards and ensure deliverable are supplied to program as requested/needed
  • Analyze data to address questions and installation issues
  • Work to develop and maintain compliant geodatabases and FGDC compliant metadata

Percentage Of Time 80% Job Duty Category Field Survey Duty/Responsibility

  • Collect information to support database requirements and to address installation needs
  • Ensure that data is collected at an appropriate level of accuracy
  • Differentially correct data and maintain in the geodatabase

Percentage Of Time 20%

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (e.g.: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
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  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office (970) 491- MyHR(6947).

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.